Project Management

Agile Project Management (AgilePM®)

From the The Big Time Blog
by
Managing any project successfully is all about Team Work combined with years of Accrued Expertise. It is an asset to have an educational background that compliments your field of expertise but "education" without "experience" is like an "arrow" without a "bow." You can never make a perfect shot with a temporary arrow unless you have a permanent bow called: "Life's Experience." Remember, you can never teach experience but you can always teach from experience.

About this Blog

RSS

Recent Posts

In Memory of the Influence Score

PMI 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book

Certifications Wall of Fame: Joke to Reality !

Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO II) Certification

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Construction



 

First Professional Development Achievement in 2019 - and it's just the start !

I am re-writing this blog because I made a spontaneous decision right after obtaining my AgilePM Foundation certificate to sit for the Practitioners Level exam and I passed the exam so I thought of sharing my experience in one combined blog hoping that it will help others who are thinking about sitting for the exam.

My spontaneous decision probably stemmed from confidence in my experience and Agile knowledge. 

My interest in the DSDM Framework came from the fact that it works best alongside the traditional approach in construction projects because it is a complete framework that looks at the whole lifecycle of the project rather than just the iterative development part. The combination of both under Traditional-DSDM Hybrid Model works very well ! 

Those certifications are offered by the Agile Business Consortium and the exam is administered by APMG International. The DSDM AgilePM handbook is very well detailed and written in a very comprehensive manner.  

AgilePM Foundation Exam

  • Purely Knowledge-based 
  • Closed book
  • Online proctored exam.
  • You get 50 Multiple Choice questions that you have to complete within a 40 Min time frame
  • Exam Fees are around $260 USD
  • References: DSDM Handbook 2014 & APMG Sample Exam

AgilePM Practitioner Exam

  • Purely scenario-based 
  • Open book but you are only allowed to use the DSDM Handbook
  • Online proctored exam.
  • You get 80 Multiple Choice questions that you have to complete within a 2 Hrs 40 Min:
    • The exam is unique as you get a full project scenario on the first page that you will use to answer all 80 questions.
    • Questions are divided into 4 Sections, with 20 Questions per section.
    • Each section tests you understanding and experience in the application of certain parts of Agile & DSDM. 
    • In each section, they add more events to the original scenario so it builds up.  
  • The exam was tough. It is comparable in difficulty to PMI exams. 
  • Exam Fees are around $380 USD
  • References: DSDM Handbook 2014 & APMG Sample Exam

The practitioners exam is a good example of an online, open book, proctored test that tests your knowledge & experience beyond any handbook. I did not even need or have time to open the handbook because to answer every question you have to tie many loose ends from different chapters and sections to resolve a problem or handle an issue so even though you are allowed to use the book, do not take the exam lightly or count on the fact that it is an open book. 

General Facts

A few facts about this journey: 

  • It was my first experience doing a proctored test from home and it was a great experience - Less pressure for sure. 
  • The exams were pricey but definitely worth it. It is a very reputable certification. 
  • Upon passing any exams offered by the Agile Business Consortium, you will receive one year free membership but it is limited once per person per lifetime. 
  • I did not buy the exams directly from APMG. Instead, I bought a training (Which covers the exam fees) from Cupe International. Great organization and great customer service. 
  • I can't disclose any exam details for confidentiality reasons but funny enough, the project scenario I got in the exam was a Construction Project and my expertise is in the construction industry. I am not sure if it was intentional but either way, I thought it is a funny coincidence to disclose. 

 

Good Luck to all New Aspirants ! 

Posted on: February 13, 2019 04:15 PM | Permalink

Comments (12)

Please login or join to subscribe to this item
Congratulations!

I was part of a recent downsizing event, and I have used my time off to pick up a few credentials I've been wanting to pursue. One of the instructors mentioned that DSDM is being replaced by Scrum in parts of Europe. I have no exposure to companies looking for DSDM. What are you seeing?

Thanks Aaron - I am not sure that if this is very precise but maybe, I am not very familiar of what is happening in Europe. However, for me, I find that DSDM Framework works best alongside the traditional approach in construction projects because it is a complete framework that looks at the whole lifecycle of the project rather than just the iterative development part. The combination of both under Traditional-DSDM Hybrid Model works very well !

That makes sense, Rami. I wasn't sure how much of the opinion expressed was based on data/experience and how much was passion for the approach.

I would say 60% Experience vs 40% Passion !

Nice Article summarizing it Rami !

I achieved this qualification myself late last year. I quite like the DSDM approach myself because it clearly defines the project management team/project manager's importance and role in an Agile Project and uses the best practices from different agile approaches.

Thanks Deepesh, it is quite an interesting framework. Did you do the AgilePM Practice too or only the foundations ?

Great stuff Rami. I was meaning to do this one, but alas had to put it off. It's definitely on my radar. Cheers.

Thanks Sante, it’s definitely a great certification !

Great, congratulation.

There was online coaching in your journey. How much time was it? any simulation included?

Also considering that journey.

Thank Vincent. There was no online coaching, I purchased the self-pace training course because it includes the exam fees for the same price or less than APMG offers but then when I went through the slides, I noticed it is a good presentation and summary for the material. There is one sample exam, it is the same sample exam that APMG offers for free but CUPE gives you the answers with rationale which is very helpful in case you are confused about a certain concept.

It took me around a month to prepare for both exams.

The practitioners exam was very challenging but very unique and exciting at the same time.

Thanks I will look it up

Please Login/Register to leave a comment.

ADVERTISEMENTS

"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother."

- Albert Einstein